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Vikings and Archaeology

Vikings and Archaeology

Our PP3 Viking explorers had a jam –packed day in York on Thursday. The Jorvic centre provided a real immersion into Viking life to launch their topic and at Dig, the opportunity to try their hand at archaeology. Bones took centre stage as a source of fascination for many and some very knowledgeable guidance was provided by centre staff to ensure we could all identify the differences between a cow and horse bone. The children debated long and hard about whether Vikings might have eaten cats ... and whether they thought this was a good idea. Amazingly everyone still wanted to be a Viking at the end of their day! I do think this might have had more to do with Sophie’s birthday cakes which were devoured at lunch, far more delicious than anything a Viking could enjoy!

On the subject of birthdays, we will now be singing our happy birthdays at the end of each week at our celebration assembly. We will, of course, still sing in class on your child’s special day. If you do decide you would like to send in cakes for the children to enjoy, please could you ensure these are nut free.

With best wishes, Susie Drake, Head of Pre-Prep 

Assembly theme for the week: Helpfulness


A Viking ship word picture by Alice Prudhoe describing PP3’s class visit to Jorvik and DIG in York last week.








Happy Birthday!

  • Jake Goodhart
  • Samantha Crompton
  • Isla Wilkins
  • Martha Pybus

Grandparents’ Afternoon Tea

We will be repeating our very successful Grandparents’ Afternoon Tea on Friday 20th November. We will be requesting names and address of grandparents who you would like to invite to the tea soon. Once we have these details the children will make and post invitations to their grannies and grandads.


You are all invited to our Harvest Service on Friday 16th October. This year we will be collecting items for ‘Storehouse’ food bank at the Influence Church in Richmond. All items of dried or tinned food will be gratefully received although the did mention they have lots of pasta already!


Shoe Boxes

We will be encouraging the children to complete Christmas shoe boxes again this year to be sent to children in need. More information will be sent out in due course but you may want to start collecting small items such as toothbrushes, note pads, pens or small toys to fill the boxes.


Dates for Your Diary

  • Monday 5th October: Pre-Prep children to listen to concert by Ampleforth Scholars in Prep School Chapel
  • *Thursday 8th October: Tag Rugby and Netball v Terrington (away)
  • *Friday 16th October: Harvest Service
  • *Week beginning 19th October: Parent-Teacher Meetings
  • Friday 23rd October, 3.30pm: Finish for Half Term
  • Monday 2nd November: School re-opens
  • *Thursday 12th November: Tag Ruby and Netball v Gateways (home)
  • Friday 13th November, 10.00am-12.00pm: Open Morning for Prospective Parents
  • *Thursday 19th November: Tag Rugby and Netball v Cundall (away)
  • *Friday 20th November: Grandparents Tea
  • *Monday 23rd November: Blunderbuss Theatre Company
  • *Friday 11th December, 9.30am: Nativity Play in Reynolds Hall
  • Tuesday 15th December: Thirsk Rural Arts—Pocket Panto, ‘Aladdin’ performed in school
  • *Wednesday 16th December, 9.30am: Carols in Chapel

* Parents are welcome to attend these events.